Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 7

We're now 900 nautical miles from the mainland, but still less than 1/3 of the way to the Marquesas. We had a wonderful sail today, as we finally reached the NE tradewinds. Despite light winds during the night, we had a run of nearly 150 nautical miles over the last 24 hours. Dennis and Josh put up the spinnaker right after breakfast, and we flew it all day long, reaching speeds of over 9 knots at times.
It is still surprisingly cool, even at mid-day. Once we reach the tropical heat, we will probably look back nostalgically at this respite. The solid overcast we've been experiencing for the last few days gave way to a brilliant sunset. Vicki and I were hoping to see a Green Flash, especially as Dennis, Carol, and Josh have never seen one and are skeptical of its existence. But no luck this time.
Our position this evening is 15 deg 23 min N, 119 deg 00 min W

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